House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave yet another stumbling and bumbling critique of the Republican Party agenda during a Wednesday press conference. In a garbled speech filled with unexpected starts and stops, stuttered half-steps and completely incoherent phrases, Pelosi sought to undermine the GOP platform while emphasizing her own party’s commitment to social programs.
Another bizarre spectacle
When the press conference was over, however, Pelosi succeeded only in embarrassing herself and raising doubts about her capacity to lead the Democratic Party forward in a country that has witnessed a complete Republican takeover under her anemic leadership. Watch below:
Pelosi was difficult to follow during her brief interaction with reporters on Wednesday, beginning her speech by denouncing the conservative tax reform bill. The California socialite cited now familiar — and completely inaccurate — arguments against tax cuts which are expected to benefit 80 percent of U.S. taxpayers this year.
“As we all know that the, uh, the, um, the Republicans have this tax cuts for the rich,” she began, struggling to find words that were not scripted for her in advance.
Is it time for Pelosi to step down?
Pelosi’s face began spasming uncontrollably as she continued. “Eighty three percent of the benefits going to the top 1 percent, 86 million middle-class American families will be paying, uh, more taxes in the life, of, of the bill, and, what’s important is it increases the deficit when you add in interest on the national, uh, on the uh, tax cut for the cor— corporate to over two, uh, two trillion dollars added to the deficit,” she finally finished.
Besides being almost completely incomprehensible, the minority leader’s muddled and disjointed monologue was deceptively misleading and resoundingly false. Pelosi first referenced the “86 million middle-class American families” during a similarly garbled speech last month. Then, as now, she was wrong; there are only a total of 126 million American households, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and only 46 percent of those qualified as middle income in 2013.
Additionally, Pelosi’s contention that 83 percent of the cuts apply to the top 1 percent of taxpayers is a specious overstatement. Considering that the same top 1 percent of earners carry the success of the U.S. economy on their shoulders and personally pay about half of all federal taxes, it makes complete sense that the lion’s share of cuts would affect this demographic.